I started with sympathy cards. Sympathy cards are always needed at unexpected times. It's so nice to have a collection with different verses to choose from so you have the perfectly worded card for the recipient. Our Sympathy Innies & Outies(TM) are so nice for this because you get 8 different verses. (One is even for the death of a pet, too.) I always use them for my cards. It makes this process a lot whole lot easier. With Innies in hand, all I need to focus on is the card fronts now.
I took a promotional box that I got in the mail from American Express and covered the logo on the front with a stamped design. I filled the box with the cards and envelopes and tied it shut with Baker's Twine in Oyster. It was the perfect size for a set of 5.5" X 4.25" cards. I'm so glad I kept the box. :)
Here's a photo of the box opened. I was able to put 10 cards with coordinating envelopes inside.
Now for the cards...
For sympathy and thinking of you, I always design cards with either a masculine or feminine look. Here are a few of the cards I made with a masculine feel. This first card uses our new set, Merry Nature. I love the pine and birch trees in the set because it takes little to no coloring to be beautiful. The pine tree can be stamped across a sheet for a quick focal scene. We're talking super quick to make this one! I used Memento Northern Pine ink for the trees.
For the birch tree, all I do is run my Copic C3 up the sides of the trunk for shading and then use my Copic C1 marker to run along the outer edges for some additional dimension. It makes the trees pop off the white background. Our leaves are falling from the trees right now so a bare tree feels right to me. The phrase is from the set, "Formal Phrases." This word/phrase is a great go-to set for any occasion.
Same card design, different cardstock colors...
Here's the inside of the card with my Innie(TM). I stamped the tree branches down the side for a coordinated look.
For a more feminine look, I chose to use Stunning Silhouettes and Courage in Bloom stamp sets. I also like using one of our newer embossing folders, Doily. I sponged the oval background with Memento Summer Sky ink. The queen Anne's lace flower was stamped in Memento Teal Zeal. A simple string burlap twine bow secured with a brushed silver brad finishes the look.
Same floral image using different cardstock....
With Sympathy script folder. I love the look you get with embossing, It's subtle, textural and elegant - especially with this beautiful script font. I stamped the flowers using the Courage in Bloom set using Memento Morocco and Potter's Clay ink pads. Copper Pearl Pen was used for the centers of the flowers.
I'm off to make a few birthday cards now! Have a great day. Smiles, Bobbi